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Going Back Cold by Kelley Rose Waller

I have received a free e-copy of the book Going Back Cold by Kelley Rose Waller to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

Going Back Cold by Kelley Rose Waller

Here is the book blurb.

After the unexpected stillbirth loss of her daughter, physicist Dr. Jane Whyse feels as empty and lifeless as the landscape that surrounds her on the remote Antarctic base where she and her husband work. As the geniuses of PROJECT SPLIT HORIZON pursue faster-than-light travel, Jane begins to secretly wonder if there is an opportunity to use the piezoelectronic technology she’s created to time travel. What if she could somehow undo the loss of her daughter? Jane’s honest, ugly struggles to understand God’s sovereign plan for all of time and space in the midst of raw pain leave her questioning everything. The more success she finds in her scientific career—and the closer she may be to a chance to fix the worst day of her life, the more conflict she finds in her marriage and in her own heart. Can she seek healing from this devastating loss while she tries to play god? Jane must choose between faith in a God whose mercies are new every morning, or coldly turning away with the challenge, “If God doesn’t like this, He’d better stop me.”

I’ve previously read and enjoyed The Senator’s Youngest Daughter, a political thriller by this author, so when Kelley asked me if I would like to review her latest novel, I immediately said yes without even having seen the blurb. Turned out this was an entirely different genre.

The story is set at the Semotus Base in Antartica and starts in December 2022. The small team return for a 4 month season over the course of the next 4 years. They are working on a project to achieve Faster than light travel. I do dislike abbreviations in books and not having seen the blurb before reading, it did take me a while to work out that FTL stood for Faster than light.

The main character is Dr Jane Whyse, a physicist. Her husband Lucas, a chemist and crystallographer is also on the team and they are accompanied by their 3 year old son Sebastian. During the first season, Jane discovers she is pregnant but sadly her daughter Emily is stillborn at 7 months, before they return the next winter. Jane and Lucas are active Christians and this does give them cause to question their faith in God.

Jane secretly uses her son’s laptop, the only unrecorded electronic device on the base to try to develop time travel. She wants to bring her daughter back. Is time travel viable? Is she putting the multi-million project at risk? What is the impact on her marriage and on the other characters at the base?

I have to say that I did struggle with this book, but mainly because both Christianity and Science-Fiction are turn-offs for me personally. However I have huge respect for the author being able to write on such a wide range of subject matter.

Going Back Cold published today is available on Amazon, currently priced at £2.48 in Kindle format. If you enjoy sci-fi or Christian fiction, then this is a book for you.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

The Senator’s Youngest Daughter by Kelley Rose Waller

I have received a free e-copy of the book The Senator’s Youngest Daughter by Kelley Rose Waller to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

The Senator's Youngest Daughter by Kelley Rose Waller

Here is the book blurb.

Senator A.C. McFerren has been missing for more than six months. The obvious prime suspect in his disappearance is the homegrown terrorist group known as the Army of Social Justice.

Searching for her kidnapped father leads Brenna McFerren Jefferson to the terrorists’ elusive “Death of Government” headquarters, known as The Doghouse. But nosing around where the federal government won’t investigate puts a target on her family… and sets in motion a rebellion she isn’t prepared to lead.

Dreams of liberty cause the Senator’s daughter to disguise herself for undercover recon, recruit a high-ranking defector, and partner with a subversive news agency that combats government propaganda. As Brenna’s strength and family ties are tested, she unites a political party that commands the power to transform the United States.

I found this book a little confusing to start with as I tried to work out who was who – Litants, Versives, ASJ’s, dogs, but once I had mastered that, I was soon immersed. And throw Secret Service and Federal Troopers into the mix. It is set in an alternate reality of the US, where American Congress has been permanently dissolved, so that the nation is led only by the president.

It starts with Brenna spying on The Doghouse where her kidnapped father is being held and as she returns home, she passes the library when it is blown up. These events start the pace of the story which continues in a similar vein. All of Brenna’s family have their role to play. Her husband Tate is Chief of Staff for her Senator father and is channelling his efforts into investigating his disappearance. Her brother Ike and sister-in-law Reese are both cyber security computer geniuses and also run a subversive news network. Her sister Esther had been planning to go into politics, before state government was disbanded.

It also includes both funny and sad moments, the funniest being when Brenna’s trousers get snagged in a tight situation and the only way she can free herself, is to leave them behind, continuing on the mission in just her top and underwear.

I won’t say any more to avoid spoilers, but this book is definitely worth a read.

The Senator’s Youngest Daughter is available on Amazon, currently priced at £9.12 in paperback or £1.63 in Kindle format. A real page turner with plenty of twists. Highly recommended.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.